When conflict broke out in Ukraine, UNDP joined the UN system to support immediate efforts to protect and assist those most affected in the country, as well as refugees from Ukraine. Teams mobilized to provide emergency healthcare services, food, hygiene products, psychosocial counselling, cross-border transportation and temporary accommodation and shelter to those fleeing the country.
Recovery through Resilient Livelihoods: The Fisherfolks of Isla Manaet
While early recovery response provides an immediate stopgap measure to aid those impacted by the typhoons, it was necessary to capacitate the communities for long-term resilience as well. As the old adage goes, ‘give a man fish, and he feeds for a day; teach a man how to fish, and he eats for a lifetime.’ In the case of UNDP’s Rebuilding Livelihoods initiative, give fisherfolks capital so they can start investing in alternative types of livelihood for when the seas are too rough for fishing.
The UNDP livelihood assistance, which began in March 2021, reached out to 460 beneficiaries from the seven selected municipalities through the support of the Bicol Consortium for Development initiative (BCDI). Under the initiative, 60 fisherfolks from three barangays in Bacacay, namely Busdac, San Pablo, and Pili Iraya, were provided support to recover and rebuild their livelihoods.
ABADEI is UNDP’s flagship crisis response programme launched in 2021 as part of the overall UN system’s response to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and the breakdown of the country’s economy following the August 2021 shift in power in Afghanistan.
UNDP is working to reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience of crisis-affected communities in Yemen through the creation of sustainable livelihoods and improved access to basic services.